What is the hamiltonian?



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charlottesmith3f
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What is the hamiltonian?

Postby charlottesmith3f » Fri Oct 02, 2015 6:11 pm

What is the hamiltonian in Schrodinger's equation? In the book, it is written as an H before the psi, but what is actually being done to the equation?

Chiara R 1K
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Re: What is the hamiltonian?

Postby Chiara R 1K » Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:16 pm

As I understood it, I think the Hamiltonian (H) is the second derivative of the function (x,y,z), which is the change in the function over time.

Lauren Su 2B
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Re: What is the hamiltonian?

Postby Lauren Su 2B » Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:04 pm

Also, since the Hamiltonian is the second derivative, I think it's used to show the change in the wave function, aka the orbital.


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